Noël Coward

1 portrait

Noël Coward, by Horst P. Horst, 1933 - NPG P419 - Horst / Courtesy Staley-Wise Gallery, New York

Horst / Courtesy Staley-Wise Gallery, New York

Noël Coward

by Horst P. Horst
platinum palladium print, 1933
17 7/8 in. x 13 7/8 in. (454 mm x 354 mm)
Given by Horst P. Horst, 1989
Primary Collection
NPG P419


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Sitterback to top

  • Sir Noël Coward (1899-1973), Actor, playwright and composer. Sitter associated with 116 portraits.

Artistback to top

  • Horst P. Horst (1906-1999), Photographer. Artist of 20 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.

This portraitback to top

Increasingly drawn to the more liberal United States, Coward's svelte ménage à trois drama, Design For Living opened on Broadway in 1933; in the art-house film, The Scoundrel (1935), he assumed the stance of a highly-groomed matinée idol. In Britain, his revue Words and Music (1932) introduced the song for which Coward will always be remembered, 'Mad Dogs and Englishmen'.

Linked publicationsback to top

  • Rogers, Malcolm, Camera Portraits, 1989 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 20 October 1989 - 21 January 1990), p. 219
  • Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 148

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